Quinn Sharp's 21-yard field goal in overtime lifted Oklahoma State to a 41-38 victory over Stanford Monday night at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
Sharp's heroics came two plays after Brandon Weeden hit Colton Chelf with what appeared to be a 25-yard touchdown pass. But, Chelf was ruled down at the 1/2 yard line and after a kneel down to give Sharp a perfect placing, the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year booted it straight through.
It's the first-ever trip to a BCS bowl game for the Cowboys and they made it a good one, rallying from down 14-0 to force overtime.
It appeared Stanford was poised to win in regulation, moving into the red zone for a 34-yard field goal attempt. But, Jordan Williamson's kick sailed wide left, sending the game to overtime.
In overtime, Stanford took the ball first and Oklahoma State's defense responded, forcing another Williamson attempt -- this one from 42 yards. Again, Williamson sent the ball left. The rest was Oklahoma State history.
It's the first 12-win season in program history and clinches the best finish in the polls for the Cowboys -- with the previous best being a No. 5 finish in 1945 and 1984.
After being held scoreless in the opening quarter, Oklahoma State (12-1) fell behind 14-0 when Jeremy Stewart scored on a 24-yard run with 10:21 left in the first half. But, the Cowboys went to their stellar tandem of Weeden to Blackmon, first on a 43-yard bomb and later on a 67-yard slant and run, tying the game at 14-14.
Stanford would regain the lead on a Stepfan Taylor 4-yard run with just 2:35 remaining in the half, but it was plenty of time for Oklahoma State, which went 77 yards in just under two minutes to knot the score on Brandon Weeden's first-ever rushing touchdown.
The Cardinal (11-2) again took the lead in the third quarter, taking its first possession in for six on Andrew Luck's 16-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz. OSU would go three-and-out on its next chance, but Stanford would give it right back on Geoff Meinken's fumble, which was recovered by Markelle Martin at the 4-yard line.
OSU would have to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Sharp to pull the Cowboys within four, 28-24.
The Cowboys defense came up big on Stanford's next drive. The Cardinal moved into the red zone, but OSU stiffened, forcing a 30-yard field goal by Williamson, which kept the Pokes within striking distance.
It paid off. Brandon Weeden completed seven straight passes on the ensuing possession, wrapping it up with a 17-yard scoring toss to Blackmon to tie the score again.
Stanford would put together another long drive, going 69 yards in 13 plays, scoring on a one-yard run by Taylor to put the Cardinal on top, 38-31 with 4:34 to play.
With their backs against the wall, Oklahoma State fought back, converting a fourth-and-3 on the following drive and going in for a 4-yard run by Joseph Randle with 2:35 on the clock.
Luck, a Heisman finalist and projected top draft pick, did everything he could to put the Cardinal back on top, completing five straight passes to get his team in field goal range. But, Williamson, a redshirt freshman kicker, shanked his attempt with three seconds badly, sending the orange-clad crowd into a frenzy.
Those fans erupted again moments later when Williamson again sent one to the left, giving the Cowboys an easy attempt for its star kicker.
Blackmon was named the game's most outstanding player, catching eight passes for 186 yards and a Fiesta Bowl record-tying three touchdowns. After the game, he told ESPN he will indeed forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft, where he's projected to be a top ten pick.
Weeden finished off his OSU career Monday night as well, passing for 399 yards and three touchdowns.
With the win, Oklahoma State finishes off its best season in program history, winning 12 games for the first time ever after winning against Oklahoma for the first time under head coach Mike Gundy and claiming the team's first ever outright Big 12 Conference championship.
Next up for Gundy? Contract negotiations. Billionaire donor and OSU alum Boone Pickens said earlier Monday those negotiations had been put off until after the bowl game. He says he has no doubt a contract will get done.
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